Does the nation need health care reform?12/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday) | Listen to this entire show:
Welcome to WMNF â€™s Radioactivity program. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up: President-elect Barack Obama says health care reform will be one of the big issues his administration tackles. Weâ€™ll hear from a local couple who, because they didnâ€™t have health insurance, are facing financial disaster. And later, a South Florida activists who is backing a single-payer health system.
But first some listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s program, an interview with medical researcher Tom Tiedt who had studied a drug given to hundreds of thousands of Gulf War soldiers that scientists knew was unsafe and could lead to widespread health problems. Now a congressional report has confirmed that hundreds of Gulf War veterans are sick because of a combination of the drugs they received and their exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Today weâ€™ll talk about health care reform. Itâ€™s near the top of the agenda of the incoming president. Obama supporters will soon be holding house parties to discuss what people at the grassroots level would like to see done about health care. Also, Pinellas Democrats will soon hold a series of meetings to talk about health care reform.
Our first guests today are nearing a financial crisis because they donâ€™t have health insurance. They are Joycelyn and Jim Elliott. He is a chiropractor by profession. She has been unable to work due to stress. In 2004, they moved from Tampa to Nebraska to restart their lives. I spoke with them yesterday.
Allison Landis lives in Boca Raton and sheâ€™s a volunteer with Floridianâ€™s for Health Care, a group that advocates a single payer style health care system.